Broncos fans on the team's season-tickets wait list get their annual consolation prize today: a chance to buy two-game packages (one of which has to be to a pre-season game) before the rest of the sweaty, beer-stained, orange-bleeding general public.
Beginning at 10 a.m., wait-listers in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico who got a code in their email box yesterday will have "the opportunity" to spend hundreds of dollars (tickets are $45 to $125 each) to catch the team from what are typically third-level seats in one pre-season match and one game of their choice.
And who wouldn't want to watch backup players from a mile high?
Still, "the opportunity" is a good one for fans. Face-value tix are usually difficult to come by before or after the season in this Broncos-crazed town. And, honestly, catching a pre-season game in August, when it's still beautiful out and you can still wear shorts and a t-shirt, can be more pleasant than an ice-crusted showdown in November.
But it's going to be a tough decision for a lot of those wait-listers this year. The Broncos managed to lose their biggest star, quarterback Jay Cutler, and alienate their second biggest one, Brandon Marshall, leaving us with, um, Peyton Hillis?
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Some things have to go in a recession, and Broncos tickets might be the first thing on the cut list. It's a rebuilding year in this economy, for the Broncos and their fans.